Wiley Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Wiley President & CEO Mark Allin
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance; global opportunities (in 50 reviews)

  • Great benefits - best I ever had (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Don't expect a promotion, management never changes and there is no room for advancement (in 9 reviews)

  • Relaxed environment-no room to advance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Wiley Employee

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer/Developer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Designer/Developer in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Wiley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The growth is rapid for a large company. The people are genuine and friendly and the company's outlook is very positive.

    Cons

    At the present time I really don't have any negatives concerning my employment with Wiley. The company I was hired by was acquired two years ago by Wiley, so it has been, for the most part, business as usual.

    Advice to Management

    I really do not have any advice for our management. They are receptive to our needs as employees and appear very transparent about the company's plans for the future.


  2. Production Team Leader

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Team Leader in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Production Team Leader in Hoboken, NJ

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wiley is one of the best places to work if you are pursuing a career in the publishing industry. The company offers great benefits. There is really an opportunity to have work-life balance. Employees are discouraged from rendering overtime.

    Cons

    The company is undergoing major restructuring in its entire history that resulted to employees being made redundant. What's sad is they let go some of their best employees too!

    Advice to Management

    Retain the best employees and they won't regret it!


  3. LT

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Technologist in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Learning Technologist in Oak Brook, IL

    I have been working at Wiley (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office space - fresh remodel in open concept space! Very cool! Flexible hours, great people!

    Cons

    Only 1 work from home day! There seems to have been a lot of promotion in the upper Management levels but no movement around LTs and IDs. You are expected to work after hours.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Terrible morale, untrustworthy management

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    Former Employee - Editor in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Editor in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most employees were given a lot of autonomy. 35 hour work week provided a good work/life balance. The benefits package was better than most.

    Cons

    Grueling 2 year downsizing meant that we were always saying good-bye to friends and whole teams. Organization would lay off whole departments and then try to hire them as contractors. Contractors have already received two pay decreases. There was a widespread perception that upper management didn't have a plan or even a direction for the future of the company. The office was like a tomb with little interaction and zero outside activities among colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    If you value your brands, you'd value the skills of the people who built the brands and quit trying to do everything for cheap.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Very challenging time at Wiley

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NY

    I have been working at Wiley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people I've worked with are smart, empathic, and very passionate in making Wiley a stronger company. The paid time off is generous.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, constant lay-offs, and constant changing objectives has made it difficult to focus on day to day work. Salaries are lower than the average market, which was fine when there was a pension, but without a pension, its just low and stays low.

    Advice to Management

    Please, please, please start communicating the goals and direction this company is headed in simple language. Please start compensating talent, or talent will leave.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Not the place to be

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Acquisitions Editor in Forest Hills, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Acquisitions Editor in Forest Hills, NY

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hard working people, really dedicated and passionate about their work. Dedicated to quality and serving the customer. Great benefits.

    Cons

    While colleagues were great, management was not. This is an example of a company that says they want to change but doesn't know how and doesn't have the leadership to do so. Employees are encouraged to experiment, but are not rewarded for doing so. And, decisions are not made here. Meetings upon meetings, to discuss meetings, to redo presentations with a different format. Transistion is handled poorly. Rumors fly about who's going to be let go next. It's filled with anxiety and stress.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some upper management with real experience from outside the publishing industry. Listen to your employees. Don't let the good ones leave--actually change.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "The Place to Leave."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Indiana in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Indiana in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The colleagues. Great benefits. Plenty of time off.

    Cons

    Management routinely ignored the advice and counsel of the staff. Upper management created far too many middle management positions. Managers across the business were far too busy looking out for themselves. Managers that abused their power were never reprimanded. HR gave lip-service to staff complaints about treatment by managers. Executive staff had no idea how to run a non-fiction publishing house in 2015. Far too many staff left because of the way they were treated. Wiley turned from "The Place to Be" into "The Place to Leave."

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your competition, staff, and authors. Stop acting like you know everything about digital publishing; you're acting like Borders, and you're late to the digital age. Stop hiring so many recent college grads with zero life skills.


  9. Helpful (1)

    You won't get rich, but you won't burn out either

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Production Editor in Malden, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Production Editor in Malden, MA

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people and it's a good work/life balance. You won't get rich, but you won't burn out either. Depending on manager can have flexible work hours/telecommuting.

    Cons

    Constant changes without a really clear view to the future. Perks are inconsistent regarding flexible hours and telecommuting. Not great employee development plans.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Serious lack of leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wiley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Talented and dedicated staff Wiley family are still involved in the business and have good instincts/values

    Cons

    Repeatedly bad senior leadership appointments in the STM division. Total lack of diversity which is stifling results. True talent fleeing the business as opportunities to advance are absent to those who are not in the established network of senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    talk to your employees and learn what is going on at the front line. Strategizing in elite groups offsite is an expensive waste of time if you can't connect with and engage the rest of the employees.


  11. Great people, tough change

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wiley full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great and the location is fabulous. Great benefits coverage and the time off is really great too

    Cons

    Undergoing restructuring so a lot of change to management with not enough communication it seems to the general public of employees

    Advice to Management

    Make swifter and more strategic decisions without so much beurocracy



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